Review of Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

I received an eARC of this novel in return for an honest review! 🙂 Here’s the blurb below it comes out 1st October! ( I can also not believe I got this so early.)

43611226IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her friends begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

 

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

3.5/ 5 Stars

 

I was super excited to get an eARc of this book as the blurb made it sound right up my alley. Warrior princess must fight a demon to save her country with the help of her friends? Consider me intrigued. Also the cover is beautiful.

Asterin was needless to say, awesome. She learnt how to swordfight, she’s a powerful mage and she doesn’t give a damn about the rules.

Luna, Asterin’s friend and basically magicless was strong in her own way. She was soft where Asterin wasn’t and had a relationship with the Elite’s captain. I loved reading about this girl’s soft strength.

Rose is just an utter badass.

Orion was sweet but I wish we got to see more of his relationship develop with Harry. It just sort of happened and I’d rather have liked to see it rather than it be kept secret from the reader as well as his friends for part of the time – and they all worked it out pretty fast anyway.

I didn’t really love the other characters so much. There were a lot of them introduced to us in the beginning and I feel this really affected the pacing of the novel. It felt slow in the beginning, as Asterin didn’t receive her ‘call to arms’ until about a fifth in to the book. It made the plot meander in the beginning and while I enjoyed learning about the characters I was just wondering where this was going if it wasn’t for the blurb. Then in the middle again the story seemed to really dragon on as they searched for the demon.

I wanted to root for Quinlan and Asterin, but they were very hot and cold towards each other. It was fun at times to read and others, I just couldn’t work out why Asterin was suddenly fuming at him. Also Quin’s level of cheesy made me embarrassed for him at times.

Overall I liked the story but the pacing was what really got to me. If you perhaps don’t mind a bit of a slower read then you’ll probably love this book. The magic system in this book was a real gem to read about and I liked how fleshed out the world’s history was too.

 

 

The Gilded Wolves Review – is it too early to say this is my favourite book of 2019?

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RATING: a roller coaster ride that ripped my heart out and then devoured my soul. Would read again and the rest. It’s a trilogy and I can’t believe I have wait an undetermined amount of time for the next book!

I’m on the hunt for new series that will destroy me since Throne of Glass and The Dark Artifices ended (because isn’t that what normal people do?). I think I’ve found it in this series! It’s like Six of Crows but with less ruthless deeds and more Glamour and magical wonder. And riddles. There are also little diagrams in the book of them, which is a nice touch.

It’s also got that ragtag misfit crew going on – another similarity to Six of Crows.

Severin is our dark and brooding leader who wants what is rightfully his.

Laila the beautiful girl, who loves baking, taking care of the group, but is also a clairvoyant and has a mysterious past.

Zofia the logician, who also likes fire a little too much. She’s also autistic and I thought Roshani portrayed that very well.

Enrique our historian, who I sympathise with so much because while he isn’t magical he studies palimpsest, records and objects. (Things to do with archives and manuscripts warm the cockles of my heart.)

Tristan the cute little nugget who loves tending his garden and a rather large tarantula.

And Hypnos, who is fabulous and maybe helping and maybe not.

I usually dislike books with multiple POVs but it switched between all the characters and I loved them all. I’ve never read any other of Roshani’s books but I loved The Gilded Wolves from the descriptions of 19th century Paris to the banter between the characters. This is definitely a must-read if you’re a fan of YA fantasy.